For two months, a rival owner has coveted Astros Dexter Fowler in the TDGX Experts League and offered fantasy baseball trades for the outfielder. Between struggles and injuries to my top four picks (Jose Fernandez, Eric Hosmer, Gerrit Cole and Pedro Alvarez), Team ROTOscouting has been out of contention since May. But while other bottom teams have pawned off veteran talent for prospects, my 40-man roster includes few, if any players above 30. So when the inquiring team repeatedly asked for Fowler, the outfielder didn’t fit the profile of a player typically sold off at this time of year.
It’s been a rough year for Team ROTOscouting in the TDGX dynasty baseball league. In its inaugural season, league mate Nick Doran compiled quotes from other owners including yours truly. Languishing in 12th place, it’s difficult to say anything else other than, “we stink”. Admittedly, drafting a team of twenty somethings had Team ROTOscouting hoping for a finish in the top-8, but nothing has gone right. I summed up our season so far;
The 2014 TDGX Experts League fantasy baseball draft is a wrap. Now, it’s time for a nap considering this was the most exhausting draft I’ve been a part of. Entering the draft, team ROTOscouting had two goals. First, avoid players past their primes. Second, find value every round
In looking back, both were accomplished — especially when it came to drafting players in TDGX who are in, or entering prime years (The oldest player is 30). On the flip side, there’s not a teenager in the group. In making a concerted effort to draft young Major League talent and upper level minor leaguers, every prospect has an ETA of 2015 at the latest.
The TDGX Experts League draft is winding down. After this recap, only one more remains for readers to enjoy loathe. Yes, recapping 40 rounds of an extremely deep draft is excessive, but this breakdown should serve two purposes;
Blurbs on 40 players you may or may not be targeting in dynasty drafts.
A definitive strategy guide to building a deep dynasty league franchise primed for long term success.
Hopefully, readers are finding these pieces informative. Maybe my pseudo apology for the overkill is due to my having a draft hangover after 35 rounds and nearly 700 draft picks.
Angels in the outfield? Not quite. Through the first 19 rounds of the TDGX draft, Team ROTOscouting’s outfield includes Astros Dexter Fowler and Blue Jays Colby Rasmus. In an extremely deep fantasy baseball league with five starting outfielders and two utility slots, this is problematic. In rounds 20-26, an attempt was made to remedy the issue as six of the seven picks are outfield eligible.
With 20 teams and 40 rounds, the TDGX Experts League draft is the deepest 5×5 fantasy baseball league I’ve ever been a part of. 250-plus picks in, the expectation was a player pool full of roster filler. To my surprise, young talent with upside remained plentiful and team ROTOscouting was able to draft talented minor leaguers while continuing to round out an explosive pitching staff after filling holes up the middle.
12 rounds in and the picking are becoming slim in the TDGX Experts League. As the player pool things, more targets are being sniped by other owners who aren’t making many mistakes. A pick here or there raises an eyebrow every so often, but one could look at any of the 20 owner queues and the names would be 85% identical or more. The equivalent of day four of this draft found me reaching for players to fill holes instead of targeting the top player available. And while I’m relatively happy with the three picks, it’s the first day felt the positional pinch in TDGX after taking seven corner infielders and pitchers in the first nine rounds.
In the conclusion of the TDGX write up for rounds 4-6, I discussed a plan to shift gears and add a number of veterans expected to produce immediately. I lied. A pair of 23-year old pitchers piqued my interest and proved impossible to pass up. Then, my attention shifted to the outfield where a former tool shed top prospect was waiting to be scooped by team ROTOscouting.
Day two of the TDGX fantasy baseball draft saw ROTOscouting select three more players including Pirates phenom Gerrit Cole (23), Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (24) and Athletics shortstop prospect Addison Russell (20). Through the first six rounds, the team’s elder statesman is Pedro Alvarez at 27. A breakdown of rounds 1-3 can be found HERE. The youth movement caused Ben Carsley to tweet;
The Dynasty Guru Experts League draft (TDGX) sped through its first three rounds yesterday with team ROTOscouting selecting 1-17, 2-24 and 3-57. With the second pick of day two (4-64), the young core of this team will be set by mid-morning. In general, my strategy entering drafts is to secure talent up the middle early and worry about the rest later. Of course that was blown to hell early on. Ultimately, I opted for the best combination of talent and youth, choosing to ignore position scarcity.
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